I recently had the pleasure of grabbing coffee with Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash of Baby Ventures Books. The two are on a mission to share the world with the youngest of readers. Their first book ABC’s of Washington DC had been amazingly successful.
Two friends turned business partners
“Exploring the world with wonder and compassion”, that’s the mission statement of Baby Ventures Books. I recently sat down with Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash of Baby Ventures Books and we had a chat about how they got started as independent book publishers.
Lisa and Golzar (pronounced goals are) went from BFFs at work to business partners. Golzar knew it was risky to start a business with her friend but says it just felt inevitable now that they are doing it. Both were working for a non-profit in DC when they met. As they became close Golzar noticed that Lisa was a talented illustrator. When Golzar became a new mom she persuaded Lisa to join her in turning her illustrations into a board book.
The ABC’s of Washington DC is published
The drawings Lisa had of Washington DC became the foundation for their first book, the ABC’s of Washington DC. The book is 26 pages long and every letter has a local association. A is for Air Force One, D is for Dupont Circle and Q is for quadrants. Their book has been a best seller at independent booksellers around DC and on weekends Lisa and Golzar can often be found hosting story times.
2017 will bring a new book
My ears perked up when they told me that a few more books were in the works. I wasn’t given any specifics just that their next book will be done by the end of this year.
Upcoming Events with Baby Ventures
Back to school themed story time with special guest Esmerelda the stuffed giraffe
Saturday, August 26th at 11am at Walls of Books
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